Nigerian Food at Mama AfricanWednesday, September 21, 2011
Originally published in the July Issue of Seoul Magazine
|Mama African: Spicy Meat Stew with Yam|
Nigerian cuisine often has yams, cassava, plantains, rice, and meat and fish curry-like stews. The food is also very fun to eat since you make a little shovel from the steamed, white, pounded yam and use it to dip into the dishes. I recommend you try the egwusi stew that is made from ground melon seeds that give this dish a tapioca-like texture. It is a yellow curry-like stew that has some meat and fish. The sharp taste of the green leaves balances out the savory taste of this dish.
I also liked the “white rice with stew.” The red stew had lots of chunks of beef and the tomato red sauce had a spice that had a refreshing like vindaloo.
I would also recommend their Jollof rice, which is a flavorful jambalaya-like dish with chunks of meat and veggies.
And you can’t go wrong with the fried plantains, which taste like a banana and yam fused together and fried.
Yongsan-gu, Itaewon 1-dong 127-17
English and English Menus available Prices: 5-10,000 won per plate
Directions: Go out Itaewon Station (line 6) exit 4 and cross the street. Make the first left after Taco Bell and walk up the street. You’ll see Mama Africa on the left.
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